The Problem with Dry Air

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we move through the colder months and into the start of spring, it’s a great opportunity to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air means less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s chilly outside. The risk of catching a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the important job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and grow your chance of catching the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling very itchy, reduced of humidity may be the culprit. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in bulk, contemplate getting a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the items in your indoor space. This could cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, such as:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

Any of these issues could mean it’s smart to think about a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a greatest priority. Call us at 641-753-3563 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the perfect solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture. 

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